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If you’re sexually active, being responsible about your sexual health is important. That starts with regular STD screenings to make sure you don’t have any STDs, even if you’re not showing symptoms. Testing can help you get the proper treatment while also helping you protect your partners.
In Charleston, chlamydia is the most common STD. According to CDC data, Charleston County had an infection rate of 707 per 100,000 people in 2018, above the national rate of 540 infections.
Help is nearby. For example, Northwoods Public Health Clinic and Newton Family Medicine are just two of the low-cost clinics that provide STD screening and treatment.
Downtown Health Center
Enterprise Pediatric Health Center
Johns Island Health Center
Infectious Diseases Clinic
University Family Medicine Ellis Oak
Dr Jon McGough
Charleston Health Center
Ryan White Wellness Center of Roper St Francis
Charleston County Public Health Department
Region 7 Public Health Office
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:
At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s best to get tested. STDs don’t go away if you ignore them; they’ll just get worse and could grow into more serious health consequences. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to issues like infertility and more serious infections. You can also spread STDs to sexual partners if you have an untreated infection.
Ask your health care provider for STD testing recommendations or follow CDC recommendations for STD testing.
You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms.
A routine STD panel may include:
A full-panel STD test adds:
The cost of an STD test will vary by location and test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, offer free or low-cost testing. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
Appointment policies vary by location, so call ahead or check the clinic website before you head in for a test. Some clinics or testing centers accept walk-ins or have same-day or next-day appointments.
Your STD test results time will depend on the test. Some clinics offer rapid HIV testing, which can offer results in less than 30 minutes. Bacterial STD testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) takes several days to get results, while viral STD testing (HPV, herpes, or HIV) results can take just one to two days.
Community-based STD testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
CVS MinuteClinic provides low-cost STD testing and treatment for adults 18 and over, as well as treatment if your partner was recently diagnosed with an STD. You may be tested for infections including bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, HPV, and HIV. Antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, and referrals for treatment are given for viral STDs, such as HIV and syphilis. Appointments for service are required and can be made by calling the clinic or scheduling online. Some STD services are available via telehealth if you don’t have STD symptoms.
59 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401, 866-389-2727
CVS Minute Clinic
Fetter Health Care Network is a nonprofit organization that operates several community clinics throughout South Carolina, including one in Charleston. It provides a full array of women’s health services, including STD testing and treatment. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans and has sliding fees based on income for qualifying individuals. Other services provided at the clinic include primary care, dental care, pediatrics, behavioral health, and case management. You must make an appointment by calling the clinic or submitting a request form through the MyFetterHome web-based patient portal.
51 Nassau Street, Charleston, SC 29403, 843-722-4112
Charleston Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides affordable healthcare services. Clients can be tested and treated for STDs, such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Testing is conducted through urine analysis, blood draws, throat swabs, or exams. Results are generally available within a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the type of test. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and a sliding fee schedule is available for qualifying individuals. You can walk in, but it’s best to make an appointment over the phone or online.
1312 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407, 843-628-4380
Palmetto Community Care provides free, confidential STD and HIV testing for the Greater Charleston area. The clinic is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. In addition to STD testing, the center offers client support groups, medical case management, a nutrition program, a hygiene pantry, housing, and noncriminal legal services.
6296 Rivers Ave. Suite 310, North Charleston, SC 29406, 843-747-2273
Newton Family Medicine is a low-cost clinic that provides STD screening and treatment. While a fee is charged for services, including STD testing, most public and private insurance plans are accepted. If you qualify, you are charged according to an income-based sliding fee schedule. Appointments are required for service and can be requested over the phone or online. Along with STD services, the clinic provides immunizations, travel medicine, HIV prevention with PREP, dermatology services, men’s and women’s health care, and chronic illness management.
1477 Tobias Gadson Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407, 843-766-7696
Northwoods Public Health Clinic is operated by the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control and offers free and low-cost health services to individuals in the Charleston area. This clinic provides a full array of sexual health services, including STD and HIV testing. STDs clients are tested for include HPV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Most insurance plans are accepted, and the clinic has a sliding fee scale for qualifying clients. To make an appointment, you should call the clinic.
2070 Northbrook Boulevard, Suite A-20, North Charleston, SC 29406, 855-472-3432